By Roger Sansi
100 years in the past in Brazil the rituals of CandomblÃƒÂ© have been feared as sorcery and persecuted as crime. Its cult gadgets have been fearsome fetishes. these days, they're Afro-Brazilian cultural artworks, gadgets of museum exhibit and public monuments. concentrating on the actual histories of gadgets, photos, areas and individuals who embodied it, this booklet portrays the ancient trip from guns of sorcery looted through the police, to hidden dwelling stones, to public artistic endeavors attacked by way of spiritual enthusiasts that see them as photographs of the satan, former sorcerers who've develop into artists, writers, and philosophers. Addressing this background as a trip of objectification and appropriation, the writer deals a clean, unconventional, and illuminating examine questions of syncretism, hybridity and cultural resistance in Brazil and within the Black Atlantic typically.
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Initiation and ‘gift’ are neither mutually exclusive, nor contradictory: in reality, both have always stood in a dialectical relationship. Despite the official discourse of legitimacy based on initiation, without the ‘gift’, the innate capacity of some mães do santo, Candomblé simply would not have been possible. As we have seen with Madalena, her family and her neighbours, sometimes the ritual knowledge of initiation is not enough to reproduce the axé of a pai do santo. Sometimes the greed and viciousness of some pais do santo lead to the rejection of their initiates or even the Orixás.
One day the man abandoned her for another woman. She was crying in the door of her house and she saw a beautiful gipsy woman. ’ she asked her. Madalena explained her case; the gipsy woman laughed and said she would help her. Some days later she discovered that her husband’s lover had to go to hospital… Then the gipsy woman came back. ’ With time she forgot about that event. Some years later, she had four children and her husband had abandoned her for good. Her mother was sick and she had to take her to a hospital in Salvador, but she had no money.
The other is the ‘gift’, the innate or immanent capacity of the person to embody and ‘find’ spirits. This is not only a ‘gift’ in the Maussian sense of a present or offering, or exchange (as mentioned Sansi text 18/6/07 42 14:38 Page 42 Fetishes and Monuments above): it is a ‘gift’ in the sense of the ‘given’, an immanent value that comes out of the events, but which was not necessarily expected, or attributed by a ritual act. Now we can extend this definition not only to people with axé but also to objects and places.
Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the 20th Century (Remapping Cultural History) by Roger Sansi